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Elise

Pawcatuck, CT | Member Since 2009

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  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (574)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "Ms. Hamilton appears to have burnt out"
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    I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
    My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
    There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hit List: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (497)

    A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

    Kindle Customer says: "Waste of a Credit"
    "I miss the old Anita"
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    I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job, not to mention in the middle of a crisis? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
    My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
    There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (621)

    When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

    pewter says: "Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series"
    "I used to love this series"
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    I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job, not to mention in the middle of a crisis? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
    My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
    There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1362)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Doesn't play"
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    This file will not download or play. Such a shame, because Molly Harper is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Descendant: Nikki Glass, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jenna Black
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the "dogs" are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she's got to catch him in the act.

    decembergrit says: "LOVED IT!"
    "Fantastic new series"
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    This is a fantastic new series, and *SPOILER ALERT* I can't wait to see what happens between Nikki and Jamal. Yum.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (316)

    "My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me."

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "Impressive"
    "Great Narrator"
    Overall

    Good book, great narrator!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Industrial Magic: Women of the Otherworld, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (247)

    In the aftermath of her mother's murder, Paige Winterbourne broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight 30-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention. Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld's most influential cabals - a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs.

    T. D. Bell says: "good book"
    "Narrator is the WORST!"
    Overall

    I like this series. If you read the books on your own, they are great. But the person they chose as narrator is HORRIBLE! It's a shame, because the sample reading wasn't working so I just went ahead and bought three of Ms. Armstrong's books. And I would have bought the entire series eventually, but after listening to the first few chapters of this book I had to stop! I'm just writing off the others as a complete waste of money!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dime Store Magic: Women of the Otherworld, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world's most powerful elite organizations - the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is 23 and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige's wildest antics can't hold a candle to those of her new charge - an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent continuation of the Series"
    "Narrator is the worst!"
    Overall

    I like this series. If you read the books on your own, they are great. But the person they chose as narrator is HORRIBLE! It's a shame, because the sample reading wasn't working so I just went ahead and bought three of Ms. Armstrong's books. And I would have bought the entire series eventually, but after listening to the first few chapters of this book I had to stop! I'm just writing off the others as a complete waste of money!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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